Medical writer turned novelist Jen LiMarzi makes her debut with Making Dead Ends Meet. The novel focuses on young city dweller Cara Peroni and her going-nowhere fast life, leading us through Cara’s trials and tribulations in her job, relationships and family life with an attempt at quirkiness and humor.
However, the author hasn’t been able to get away from the convoluted writing that is the norm in the medical field but makes for snooze-inducing reading. What she’s created is an incredibly long-winded narrative that is neither engaging nor humorous. Run-on sentences, far too many details about every moment of Cara’s life, and the one-point perspective are just a few of this novel’s flaws.
Reading Making Dead Ends Meet is a lot like spending time with the town blabber-mouth - the person you dread running into because they tell you every minute detail of their life, including what they’ve had for breakfast, what color jammies they wear, and when the last time they cleaned their toilet was. Cara is this person, and her adventures aren’t adventurous at all.